National Parks

Category Archives for National Parks.

How to Use Hotel Points to Stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There may be just shy of a million points friendly hotel options in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, or even Honolulu, but the same is not always true when you venture a bit more off the trail. When your travels take you into some smaller towns, or even just ones that simply have a ton of character and a bit of an issue with big nationwide chain hotels, your options and strategies change a bit. In those cases you will find your options…

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Great Value and Location at SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is not only a destination unto itself, but it is also a gateway to many outdoor adventures including easy access to national parks such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun, it’s very well located, the people are friendly, it has great weather, and hotels can be quite expensive. When we unexpectedly got the chance for a short visit this week we jumped at it. Our flight on a private plane there might…

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Last Chance for a $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass!

For several months there have been rumbles that one of the best travel deals in the United States, the lifetime $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass that is available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older, would be dramatically increasing in price from $10 to $80. This $10 lifetime pass is such a deal because admission to our beautiful National Parks while always worth it, usually isn’t free, and can be $20 – $30 per vehicle, depending on the park.…

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Using Reduced Mileage Awards to Fly for 15,750 American Miles!

A very valuable discount that is available to those who hold one of the American Airlines Citi or Barclaycard co-branded credit cards is a discount of up to 7,500 miles on flights to/from select cities each month via the Reduced Mileage Awards available exclusively to American Airlines card holders. I write about these discounts a few times a year, but it is something that is worth repeating periodically because of how many miles it can save your family on AAdvantage award trips. The list…

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A Death Valley Day Full of Thankful Meanderings

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a low cost airline as long as it gets them…

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Planning a Trip to Bodie Ghost Town, Spirit Of The Frontier Or Frontier Spirit?

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Update on $10 Senior America the Beautiful Park Price Increase

For months now there have been rumors swirling that one of the best travel deals in the US, the lifetime $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older, would be dramatically increasing in price 8x to $80. This $10 lifetime pass is such a deal because admission to our National Parks usually isn’t free, and can be $20 – $30 per vehicle, depending on the park.   This pass is especially great since it…

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Taking a Day Trip Back in Time on the Grand Canyon Railway!

A look at the various cars and classes of travel on the Grand Canyon Railway day trip that takes you not only from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, but back in time complete with shootouts, horse chases, US Marshals, guitar sing-alongs, and more…

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The Best Surprises Along The Journey

From coming around the bend to find a beautiful lake, to taking a bush plane through Alaska, to stumbling upon the best state park in the United States, sometimes the best parts of the journey are the surprises that find you along the way. Here are a look at some of Grandpa Points best travel surprises…

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Overcoming Waterfall-a-Phobia and Visiting Niagara Falls

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals.  They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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